Dental anxiety affects a large portion of the population and can often delay patients from receiving much needed treatment. Some patients may avoid scheduling an appointment even when they are experiencing oral pain due to their fear of the dentist. When minor dental issues are not addressed in a timely fashion, they may develop into more complicated problems that can not only be more costly to correct but also require more visits to the dentist. Our sedation dentistry techniques are designed to enable you to:
- Conquer your dental anxiety
- Feel more at ease during treatment
- Attain the oral healthcare you need
- Maintain the beautiful smile you deserve
Sedation Dentistry Options
At our practice, our cosmetic dentists offer a number of sedation dentistry options to put your mind and body at rest during your visit:
Light Sedation (Nitrous Oxide)
The mildest form of sedation we offer is light sedation with nitrous oxide gas. Nitrous oxide— which is also commonly referred to as “laughing gas”—helps alleviate fear and anxiety without lingering sedative effects.
For patients with mild dental anxiety, conscious sedation can help “take the edge off” and place you into a state of extreme relaxation. During conscious sedation, you will still be able to communicate with the dentist, though you may enter a sleep-like state during the procedure or forget many of the details afterward.
Patients who are prone to more severe dental anxiety may benefit from general anesthesia. Our practice has partnered with two experienced doctors who will monitor your health and safety during treatment. If you are interested in general anesthesia during your dental treatment, we ask that you make arrangements for these services with our office prior to the date of your procedure.
Dr. Jesus Medina and Dr. Luis I. del Castillo M. specialize in pain management and anesthesiology, and are able to combine these innovative sedation dentistry techniques with local anesthetics to maximize your comfort. Under their experienced supervision, sedation dentistry can allow you and your children to overcome dental anxiety and achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.
Cost of Sedation Dentistry
Since each sedation treatment plan is customized to meet the unique needs of the patient, costs can fluctuate. Factors that can influence the price of sedation may include the type of sedation used, the duration of the dental procedure, and anesthesiologist fees. We offer advanced dental treatments and sedation dentistry at prices that can be substantially lower than comparable services in the United States. While light sedation with laughing gas costs $350 per hour, the average cost of general anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation at our practice can range from $500-$600. With the help of sedation, patients can undergo multiple procedures during a single office visit, which can reduce the total number of office visits required to resolve complex dental issues. Prompt treatment with the aid of sedation dentistry may also prevent more complicated and costly dental problems from developing in the future.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Íñiguez, or to learn more about our sedation dentistry techniques, please contact our office today.